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The spiritual landscape has never been more diverse, more eclectic, more individualized or more internally focused. Spirit matters, and in our open-source world, matters of the spirit are complex and endlessly fascinating. The Spirit Matters podcast aims to help listeners make sense of it all.

Spirit Matters Talk Discussion by Dennis and Phil

    • Spirituality

The spiritual landscape has never been more diverse, more eclectic, more individualized or more internally focused. Spirit matters, and in our open-source world, matters of the spirit are complex and endlessly fascinating. The Spirit Matters podcast aims to help listeners make sense of it all.

    Clyde Ford

    Clyde Ford

    Clyde Ford is a software engineer, a chiropractor, and a psychotherapist. A long-time yoga and Buddhist practitioner, he’s the award-winning author of more than a dozen books, including We CAN All Get Along: 50 Steps You Can Take To Help End Racism and The Long Mile, for which he received the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award. His most recent book, Think Black, is a memoir about his father, the first Black software engineer in America, and a cautionary tale about the intersection of technology and race. Clyde’s forthcoming book is Freedom Dues: How Black Lives Matter in Creating White Power and Wealth. He was a featured guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where he discussed practical steps people can take to help end racism. Clyde is a fellow of Humanities Washington, a National Endowment for the Humanities affiliate, for whom he tours the Washington State, presenting a program entitled “Let’s Talk About Race.” We spoke about the how issues of race affect spiritual communities, the unique challenge these communities face, and Clyde’s experiences as an African-American in a Hindu ashram and a Buddhist sangha. Learn more about Clyde Ford here: http://www.clydeford.com/

    • 41 min
    Clyde Ford

    Clyde Ford

    Clyde Ford by Discussion by Dennis and Phil

    • 13 min
    Ananta Govinda

    Ananta Govinda

    Ananta Govinda is a musician, author, and multimedia producer. As a practitioner of Vedic sciences and bhakti-yoga for more than 25 years, his presentations blend artistic expression with human values. Ananta was born and raised in post-communist Russia and moved to the US as a young man, spending time on the East Coast before landing in Northern California. There, he quickly became a staple of the spiritual music scene as a producer of devotional events. Working with Google Talks, he helped bring Krishna Das, Karsh Kale, and others to their campus. His new multimedia project, Mirror of Desire, consists of a fantasy novel, a planned immersive show in a 360-degree projection dome, and an album with a fusion of contemporary world-beat, ambient, and electronic music with Eastern and Western instruments. Ananta composed all the songs and weaved in the talents of other artists. We spoke about his remarkable spiritual path, his multicultural background, and mostly Mirror of Desire. Learn more about Ananta Govinda here: https://anantagovinda.com/

    • 34 min
    Ananta Govinda

    Ananta Govinda

    Ananta Govinda by Discussion by Dennis and Phil

    • 10 min
    Justine Willis Toms

    Justine Willis Toms

    Justine Willis Toms has been exploring personal, social, and spiritual transformation since 1973 as an electronic journalist, editor, and writer. She is the co-founder (with her late husband, Michael Toms), host, and creative producer of New Dimensions Radio/Media, a listener-supported service that has been conducting and disseminating leading-edge conversations for nearly half a century. With Michael Toms, she coauthored the book, True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do, and is the sole author of Small Pleasures: Finding Grace in a Chaotic World, a collection of 49 meditative essays to help readers “turn aside from their chaotic lives for a while to experience grace and possibility in the small, critically important things in life.” Through hundreds of interviews, New Dimensions has harvested the experience and wisdom of some of the world’s most innovative, enlightened, and trustworthy thinkers and teachers, changing thousands of lives for the better in the process. We spoke about her observations about the changing spiritual landscape, the lessons she’s learned, the inspiring people she’s encountered, and advice for navigating today’s world. Learn more about Justine Toms and New Dimensions here: https://newdimensions.org/.

    • 44 min
    Justine Willis Toms

    Justine Willis Toms

    Justine Willis Toms by Discussion by Dennis and Phil

    • 10 min

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